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police officers, as well as six civilians. >>> we are two days away from the first of three presidential debates between mitt romney and president obama. tara mergener tells us both campaigns are now dialing down expectations. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney get their first chance to put their policies side by side this week. wednesday's debate at the university of denver will focus on domestic policy. >> what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: a new poll shows 56% of registered voters think the president will win the match up. he tried to lower expectations at a rally on sunday. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who will have the best zinger and tut with most points on the board. governor romney is a good day bator. i am just. >> reporter: the president is staying in nevada to prepare for the debate and romney is heading to colorado today. new jersey chris christie said romney is capable of a good debate. >> this whole race will turn upsetdown come thursday mornin
. the law takes effect january 1. >>> president obama and gop challenger mitt romney squaring off tonight in denver. it's the first of three presidential debates and as bigad shaban shows us, the focus tonight will be on the economy, healthcare and domestic issues. >> reporter: the stage is set for the first presidential debate. mitt romney trails in many battleground state polls and this is an opportunity for him to gain some ground. >> i think you're going to see the mitt romney that really cares about putting the american people back to work. i think that's the most important goal that the governor has. >> reporter: president obama will be pressing his own plan for the economy. but today he is facing new criticism over something he said in 2007. during a speech to a predominantly black audience, then senator obama implied the bush administration was withholding recovery money after hurricane katrina based on race. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where is your dollar? >> reporter: all major media outlets covered the speech at the time. >> i have to say i'm a little amazed that
state of north carolina today while president obama studies for the debate in nevada. he is holding practice sessions with former presidential candidate john kerry, playing the part of mitt romney. on monday, the president called campaign volunteers and told one of them what debate preparation is like. >> basically, they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. [ laughter ] >> they're making me do my homework. >> reporter: the stakes are high for the debate but both the white house and the romney campaign are trying to lower expectations. neither side wants their candidate to take the stage with a perceived advantage. the polls show most americans believe obama will win the first debate. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: but historically it's the challenger who usually gets a boost. >> less important than what they say is how they appear. do they treat their rival with respect? do they connect with the audience? do they respond at the moment when they have to react? how do they look? how do they seem? >> reporter: the debate could have an immediate impact because early voti
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